Newbie seeks rugged digital camera

2 years 3 weeks ago #587111 by Amazinmets73
I'm an outdoorsman looking to purchase a digital camera on a relatively restrictive ($350 max) budget. I plan to do the bulk of my photography while cycling (road and mountain) and hiking. Given my endeavours a durable camera that can withstand drops and crashes is a priority. I did some research last night and found a few which seemed suitable: Ricoh WG-50
Olympus Tough TG-5
Nikon W300
Sony RX100
Fuji FP120
I've never used a camera other than a smartphone. Will the cameras I'm considering produce superior shots to those of a high-end smartphone? Furthermore, is it as simple as picking a good shot, pointing and shooting to achieve optimal performance or is knowledge of the intricacies of the camera pivotal?

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2 years 1 week ago #589617 by fmw
We call these point and shoot cameras.  They are designed to be simple to use for non-photographers.  They will outperform a cell phone thanks to better optics and larger sensors.  Choose whichever one appeals most to you.  I own a Panasonic point and shoot camera that makes outstanding images.  All those on your list are from good manufacturers and should do the job for you.

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